Jennifer Armstrong
August 18, 2009 AT 03:45 PM EDT

Tyra Banks continued her relentless campaigning on behalf of freakishly beautiful people everywhere, this time “stripping down” — to a bodysuit, anyway — in New York’s Union Square to promote the new season of her talk show. This particular act, to me, is neither egregious nor provocative — that attire in any other color would just be run-of-the-mill yoga wear. But she is also declaring the date of the show’s premiere, Sept. 8, National Real Hair Day, on which she’ll go weave-less.

It all begs the question of whether ‘the America’s Next Top Model host’s ongoing message of “celebrating inner and outer beauty and owning and rocking what you’ve got” is a little much coming from, let’s face it, one of the most stunning women in the world. I’m torn: She really has taken her share of outrageous hits from snotty bloggers and raggy magazines who take perverse delight in pointing out that she, like most women over 30, has cellulite. Not cool, no matter how gorgeous or famous a person is. (You might as well point out that she breathes air or is made of flesh with an underlying structure of bone.) And I applaud her for celebrating her natural self (for at least one whole day!) while continuing to show that even supermodels have to work to look like they do; that makes us all feel a little better about our average selves.

But by the same token, she’s far from average, and it can grate on a regular girl’s insecurities to see somebody who looks like Tyra going on about loving her inner self and embracing her physical flaws as that which makes her unique, blah blah blah. It’s weird how much easier it is to love your inner self when you also have flawless skin and perfect bone structure.

So what do you think, PopWatchers? Is Tyra doing good by taking on the issue of body image? Or is she just making matters worse?

PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Loccisano/Warner Bros.

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